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Monday, November 03, 2008

Canada’s human rights commission goes after Jim Pankiw

Western Standard columnist Terry O'Neill writes:

In the spring of 2004, Derek Smith, a Harvard-educated sociology and anthropology professor from Carleton University, handed in a report to a Canadian Human Rights Commission investigator that provided exactly the sort of ammunition needed by the commission to launch an unprecedented attack on the speech rights of a sitting member of Parliament.

Last week, after four-and-a-half excruciating years’ worth of legal wrangling, a commission tribunal finally began hearing the case against now-former MP Jim Pankiw of Saskatchewan, whose bombastic mailings to constituents in 2002 and 2003 generated several public complaints that he had discriminated against aboriginals.

Not only are Jim Pankiw's words on trial, but so are the colours he chose for the material he sent to his Saskatchewan constituents. Read "Canada’s human rights commission goes after Jim Pankiw" here for the full story.

Posted by Matthew Johnston on November 3, 2008 in Freedom of expression | Permalink


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The poor man dared to produce the figures showing the Native crime rate in Saskatchewan and in turn the truth offended some people. There was nothing claiming that Natives are genetically prone to crime or that they are less human. The truth is that there clearly is a problem and ignoring it will not make it disappear. How many examples does it take before these kangaroo tribunals are dismantled?

Posted by: Alain | 2008-11-03 3:23:13 PM

Right on, Alain.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-11-03 3:28:47 PM

Alain, nothing much more can be said.

Posted by: TM | 2008-11-03 3:58:10 PM

The Kangaroo court jesters probably need a "big win" to reasert themselves in light of the fiasco they showed themselves to be with Levant, Steyn and MacLeans magazine. Its ridiculous that this kind of crap is even thinkable in a so called "free country".

Posted by: JC | 2008-11-03 7:16:05 PM

I remember Mr. Pankiw when he was with the Reform party and thought he did a great job of exposing some of the sacred cows that have been rammed down our throats since the inception of Trudeauvia. Observing some of the Official Languages commities (forced french) was really an interesting spectacle when Mr. Pankiw was involved, the only English person in the room, who had people like Liberal Senator Gauthier frothing at the mouth with rage that someone would actually question the relevancy of Trudeau's policy of Official Languages. This latest witch hunt by the HRCs un-accountable thought police is another example of persecution of any person who doesn't share the warped ideology of the people who thought them up. This kind of abuse of power has to be abolished. How many citizens have to be stripped naked, tarred and feathered and humiliated before it stops.

Posted by: Sean | 2008-11-04 12:40:42 AM

I suspect the persecution of upstanding men like Jim Pankiw (who served his country, damn the torpedoes) will eventually lead to the kind of fight for freedom that begins and ends with "stepping on throats". You know, the Left is beginning to convince me that there are no alternatives in the long run but to resort to bullets and bombs. And quite frankly I put my money on us conservative "warmongers" to win that battle in a few days flat...

Posted by: bcf | 2008-11-04 3:55:03 PM

You know, we'll have to start like this: we just ignore the courts, declare they have ceased to serve the peoples' interests, and trust the Mounties to remember who they actually work for... Or bloody Harper can wake up and head this off before it gets really bad. Harper, grow up.

So Jim, tell the HRC to f**k off, and ignore them. When the stormtroopers try to "enforce" a "decision" , be prepared...

Mark my words, at this rate, it's going to come down to a choice between living as a slave, or dying free, as so many brave men and women have shown us through the centuries.

Posted by: bcf | 2008-11-04 3:59:24 PM

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